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National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)

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Benjamin Gates must follow a clue left in John Wilkes Booth's diary to prove his ancestor's innocence in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

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Jon Turteltaub

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Marianne Wibberley (screenplay) (as The Wibberleys), Cormac Wibberley (screenplay) (as The Wibberleys) | 8 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Ben Gates
Justin Bartha ... Riley Poole
Diane Kruger ... Abigail Chase
Jon Voight ... Patrick Gates
Helen Mirren ... Emily Appleton
Ed Harris ... Mitch Wilkinson
Harvey Keitel ... Sadusky
Bruce Greenwood ... The President
Ty Burrell ... Connor
Michael Maize ... Daniel
Timothy V. Murphy ... Seth (as Timothy Murphy)
Alicia Coppola ... FBI Agent Spellman
Armando Riesco ... FBI Agent Hendricks
Albert Hall ... Dr. Nichols
Joel Gretsch ... Thomas Gates
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Storyline

While Benjamin Gates (Nicolas Cage) is presenting new information about John Wilkes Booth and the eighteen pages missing from Booth's diary, a man by the name of Mitch Wilkinson (Ed Harris) stands up and presents a missing page of John Wilkes Booth's diary. Thomas Gates, Ben's great-grandfather, is mentioned on the page. It shows that Ben's great-grandfather was a co-conspirator in Abraham Lincoln's murder. When doing more research, the conspiracy takes Ben, Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger), and Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) to Buckingham Palace (into which they break). They discover a plank that has early Native American writing on it. The plank has only one symbol that Patrick Gates (Jon Voight) can identify. The symbol is Cibola (see-bowl-uh), meaning the City of Gold. In order to define the rest they have to go to Ben's mother, Patrick's divorced wife, Emily Appleton (Dame Helen Mirren). After thirty-two years, it brings back old arguments. After that, the other clue is in the ... Written by mviedirctr354

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Rated PG for some violence and action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This was Jerry Bruckheimer's second movie, and the second Disney movie to feature a significant portion shot at Universal Studios, the caged exhibits in Cat People (1982) were filmed there and the town of Genovia in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004) was filmed in the Little Europe set. See more »

Goofs

The film shows John Wilkes Booth and Michael O'Laughlin as being members of the Knights of the Golden Circle. They actually weren't, but another conspirator, John Surratt, was. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barkeep: He's in the other room.
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Crazy Credits

The Jerry Bruckheimer logo becomes a real life version of itself as a road some Union soldiers walk along towards 1865 Washington DC. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) See more »

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I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts
Written by Fred Heatherton (joint pseudonym of Elton Box, Desmond Cox and Irwin Dash)
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An entertaining movie
24 December 2007 | by violentsociopathSee all my reviews

There are a select few individuals out there that seem to garner everything they know about life from movies, be it political viewpoints, philosophy, etc. and find it objectionable when a movie is produced purely for entertainment purposes. I can't speak for everyone, but as for myself, I don't want to have to pay to have yet another political viewpoint shoved down my throat (CNN/Foxnews broadcasts 24/7 for that), or to be beaten over the head with with the life philosophy of some bazillionaire producer/director that lives in the Ivory Tower that is Hollywood. I can read Zarathustra, the Tao Tse Ching, or even the Bible for that.

When I go to see a movie, I just wan to be entertained, and National Treasure BoS delivers there. Not the best movie I have ever seen, but it was an entertaining escape from reality for two hours and that it was I pay my money for. For me, the best part of the movie wasn't Nic Cage. He has done so many movies, it seems like he has gotten to the point where he is just punching the clock. He doesn't stand out on film, but he isn't horrible either and that is what we get from him here - a very pedestrian workmanlike performance. I would like to think he has another touchstone performance in him like the one he gave in "Leaving Las Vegas", but if he can still keep getting several million per movie just being average, why put in the effort. Diane Kruger was also pretty average. She shined in the first movie, but not so much here.

For me, John Voight, Justin Bartha and Helen Mirren were what made the movie good. John Voight was great. His character was both funny and endearing and the synergy between him and Mirren was palpable. Mirren showed once again why she is arguably the best actress in the business. Justin Bartha was a scene stealer and had some of the funniest lines (along with Voight).


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$44,783,772, 23 December 2007

Gross USA:

$219,964,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$459,242,249
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